October 16, 2018

Oktoberfest in The Hague

The German Club in the Netherlands is organizing their traditional Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 6 from 7 pm to 11 pm at Marriot The Hague.

The diplomatic and international community together with the German and Dutch are welcome to attend this special celebration.
The Oktoberfest started as a wedding party in Munich when the crown prince of Bavaria Kronprinz Ludwig (1786 -1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825 – 1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s Meadow”) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wiesn”.

Horse races, in the tradition of the 15th-century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor), were held on 18 October to honor the newlyweds. It is widely understood that Andreas Michael Dall’Armi, a Major in the National Guard, proposed the idea. The decision to repeat the horse races, spectacle, and celebrations in 1811 is now the annual Oktoberfest tradition.

Come and enjoy the Bavarian food and drink like Paulaner Wies ’n beer and Bavarian music by Die Hofstadter.

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